Jay O SandersMoviegoers might be excused for thinking of Jay O. Sanders -- with his sandy, curly hair and his 6' 4" stature -- as a serious Will Ferrell. But they'd be missing the point. The Shakespearean-trained native of Austin, Texas, is currently starring alongside Mel Gibson in 'Edge of Darkness,' and has been on theater screens since 1979, usually playing the rugged member of the entourage (be it as a buddy, political staffer, or action guy) whose best scene usually finds him giving a brief speech as the voice of reason when the rest of his friends are veering off-course amid a storm of testosterone.

Find out why you ought to know him, and what else you should know about him, after the jump. Jay O SandersMoviegoers might be excused for thinking of Jay O. Sanders -- with his sandy, curly hair and his 6' 4" stature -- as a serious Will Ferrell. But they'd be missing the point. The Shakespearean-trained native of Austin, Texas, is currently starring alongside Mel Gibson in 'Edge of Darkness,' and has been on theater screens since 1979, usually playing the rugged member of the entourage (be it as a buddy, political staffer, or action guy) whose best scene usually finds him giving a brief speech as the voice of reason when the rest of his friends are veering off-course amid a storm of testosterone.

Here's why you ought to know him, and what else you should know about him:

Age: 56

Number of Movies He's Appeared in: 50, plus at least 25 made-for-TV flicks

You Probably Recognize Him From: 'Revolutionary Road,' 'The Day After Tomorrow,' 'JFK,' 'Cadillac Records,' or his regular roles on 'Crime Story' and 'After MASH.'

Go-to "That Guy" for: a he-man type who's most likely the best friend, but not quite the alpha dog. Sanders is the man that casting directors call on specifically if they need a sizeable sidekick who is just as likely to break out a can of whup-ass as he is to lapse into an erudite soliloquy on the situation at hand.

Starring Roles: few and far between. But who can forget him falling through the glass roof of a snow-covered shopping mall in 'The Day After Tomorrow'? Or telling Kevin Costner in 'JFK' that he's "one stubborn son of a bitch"?



Fun Facts:
• He played John Goodman's biker buddy Ziggy in a recurring role on 'Roseanne.'

• He's an in-demand voice-over narrator for audiobooks. Among the 50 or so he's done are 'My Losing Season' by Pat Conroy and Dean Koontz's 'Dragon Tears' and 'Mr. Murder.'

• The "O" is for Olcutt.
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